Different people have different views on the life of being a postdoctoral fellow. Some people consider it as a very rare opportunity to develop their ability to become an independent member of faculty in the future. Some people take the advantage of the fellowship to dig out what they re...
My previous post was about networking at scientific conferences. Derek Haseltine, Director for Research Career Development and Co-Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gave so many great suggestions, I have presented them in two colum...
I’ve gotten some requests on this blog to go a little more into my research. Don’t worry! It’s coming. But, for now, I want to focus on a “career-related” issue, since this is a bio career related blog. In particular, this entry is a response to an article that recently appeared in the Wal...
The whole concept of networking can be intimidating for people, especially those in scientific or technical fields whose personalities don’t tend to be outgoing (unlike others in, say, sales). And for many, networking while you’re looking for a new job can feel a lot like asking for a ...
In the October 2010 issue of The Scientist, Associate Editor Richard Grants noted in his editorial that “only a fraction of researchers in the UK make frequent use of social media tools.” I suspect that is also the case here in the US.
Lots of people think that there’s no point to looking for a new job during the holiday season…and they’re busy with their own celebrations with family and friends, so they just take a few weeks off, thinking they’ll come back fresh in the New Year. Don’t make that mistake. The ho...
The short answer is “yes.” Of course they do. But the best networks would probably not be Facebook clones. Why not? Well, because Facebook helps people find people. Scientists need networks that help people find information. The label “Scientists” is a very big one and includes a lot of ...
Last time, I gave the basics about how I prepared for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship so that my application was competitive, which began my career transition into science policy. In this post, I’d like to give you three more tips that might not have been so obvious from ...
My PhD advisor was a creative and engaging storyteller. Negative results in our vaccine experiments were interpreted as “damaging to the immune system” or “dangerous in the clinic.” Positive observations meant that an experimental vaccine “worked like a charm” or “could save countl...